While agreeing with Scott Gibson’s June 7 opinion piece — that many motorcycle accidents could be avoided if drivers paid more attention — that’s not always the cause. Motorcycles tend to be fast moving, smaller vehicles than cars and trucks and that can lead to accidents especially if they blend into the background.

In contrast, we seldom hear of collisions between automobiles and bicycles even though bicycles present a smaller target. One reason may be that many are equipped with strobe lights that signal a need for caution. Motorcyclists can do their part by adopting a similar strategy. Flashing strobe lights would make their bikes a lot more visible and, consequently, less likely to be involved in collisions leading to injury and death.

Arnold Besier
Harpswell

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